Art and Positive Thinking

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My focus is exploring, creating and reflecting upon the positives of life and connecting them to my art whether it be photography, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, mixed media, digital media or any other possible media I dive into!

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Making my own rubber stamps is positively therapeutic!

Making my own rubber stamps is positively therapeutic! I made most of the stamps out of white erasers.  I like the white erasers far better than the Speedball Speedy Cut sheet which crumbles very easily.  I spent the whole day carving!  So relaxing! The horse was made with a big block of colour created with a stencil made with acetate and then outlining with Indian ink and tracing paper.  I can't figure out how to do this transfer method properly.  The ink doesn't seem to want to transfer.

After playing with the stamps, I decided to use Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi lyrics.  I have been looking out my window and seeing my beautiful natural prairie turning into a sea of houses and trees not natural to the prairies.  The city folk want to live on acreages and leave their bright outside lights on all night long making the gorgeous starlit night sky less visible.

"Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got,
Till it's gone?
They paved paradise,
And put up a parking lot..."
~Joni Mitchell

I hope to grow in my carving skills, but in the mean time, the process is good therapy!


  1. how wonderful that you are enjoying carving. i enjoy it too, though i have only done a few and sometimes they look pretty funky.
    I think yours looks fabulous!
    too bad about the city lights, or house lights. I don't understand lights on that are not being used. i like seeing the stars.

  2. It's a beautiful piece, and I like how the horse seems to turn away from all the houses. It can really make me sad seeing how all nature is being sacrificed in order to build more houses and streets and buildings. And it's happening all over the world .... :-(

  3. Impressive scene. The horse looks wonderful on the field.
    Happy weekend xx

  4. Wonderful scene you've created with your stamps! I love the limited color palette and the lovely horse strolling through the field!

  5. that Joni mitchell song is one of my favourites... and i have been playing with some carving this week as well... very therapeutic

  6. marvelous scene using your carved images!

  7. Fabulous scene made from carved stamps. I have yet to carve anything too substantial as this!! Really wonderful!!

    Hugs Giggles

  8. What incredibly lovely and detailed work you do! I am inspired. :D Happy PPF!


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